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any threat to the united states or its territories will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. >> the secretary of defense with a firm warning for north korea after pyongyang's latest nuclear tests. now we've learned the u.s. and south korea will look to deploy military assets including bombers. we are live in seoul. president trump will propose ending protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the united states as children. could congress give dreamers another chance? could billions in recovery funds for harvey victims be tied
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to raising the nation's debt limit? the treasury secretary says yes. good morning, and welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm alex marquardt. top defense officials are responding to north korea's biggest nuclear test yet with a blunt warning. defense secretary mattis advising any threat by pyongyang against the u.s. or its allies could draw what he called a massive military response. mattis' warning came after a meeting with the president, vice president, and top national security advisers. mattis said, "our commitments among allies are ironclad." >> any threat to the united states or its territories, including guam or our allies, will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country,
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namely north korea. as i said, we have many options to do so. >> the new warning comes after north korea's claim it tested a hydrogen bomb on sunday. a test overseen by leader kim jong-un. pyongyang claimed the weapon was designed to be carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile, the kind it has also been testing. president trump was asked about the nuclear test sunday as he left a church service. >> mr. president, will you attack north korea? >> we'll see. >> our coverage begins with barbara starr at the pentagon. >> reporter: secretary of james mattis and general joe dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs, making that extraordinary appearance in front of the white house. mattis delivering a very carefully worded message, saying that the u.s. does have military options. that any threat from north korea to the u.s. or its allies would
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be met with a massive military response. he was very clear the u.s. isn't looking for total annihilation of north korea. but make no mistake, they are looking to send this very stern, grim message to kim jong-un that if he does not give up his nuclear weapons, if he threatens or attacks, that the u.s. would take him out. the u.s. strategy at the moment if there is a military strategy is to try and convince kim jong-un that he himself and his regime could not survive if they were to attack south korea, japan, guam, or the united states. on the other hand, it's a message we've heard before. none of it has worked to change kim's mind. and by all accounts, this latest underground nuclear test is a massive step forward. it is a larger test than anything north korea has done
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before. >> all right. thanks to barbara starr. the u.n. security council is set to meet in emergency session this morning in the wake of the latest test. it's the second meeting in just a week. past meetings have done little to stop north korea's provocations. earlier this morning, south korea's army and air force conducted a combined live-fire exercise in response to the north korean nuclear test. just moments ago, north korean state media blasted south korea for the drill saying it shows seoul is hellbent on escalating confrontation. the exercise came after president trump called out south korea on twitter, suggesting that seoul is appeasing the north koreans. cnn correspondent ian lee is live with us in seoul, south korea, with regional response. good morning. so what's south korea's approach to this latest test? >> reporter: well, you did have those exercises in the early morning hour. i should point out that those
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were designed to target north korean leadership in the event of a war, and their nuclear program. that is a strong show of force right there. we're expecting more drills and exercises to take place. they have these advance air-to-surface missiles that they equip to their f-15s. we've seen them use them in these drills. we're also hearing that south korea wants more advanced u.s. weaponry on the peninsula. what does that exactly mean? they say they want the most sophisticated. does that mean nuclear weapons? south korea isn't saying. they are saying they are committed to a denuclearized korean peninsula. also what we're watching now is north korea. there are reports that north korea could be preparing for another missile test. a continuation of their provocative measures that we've seen from the north. as far as south korea goes, they do have this two-pronged approach. one is the show the force.
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they want to show north korea that they are ready for any scenario that would involve war. but the other side is a side that we're seeing at the u.n. security council as this diplomatic measures. they're trying to rally everyone in the region to isolate north korea diplomatically and economically, although from what we've heard from inside north korea, that is having almost a reverse effect with north korea seeing that this is only galvanizing their nuclear program. alex? >> our thanks to ian lee in south korea. okay. time for an early start on your money. president trump says the u.s. is considering stopping trade with any nation doing business with north korea in response to the country's latest nuclear tests. this could mean a halt to u.s. trade with china which has support economic sanctions on north korea but remains the key economic partner for the rogue nation. china is the u.s.' biggest trading partner in goods.
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total trade between the u.s. and china topping almost $650 billion last year. that's according to the office of u.s. trade representative. meantime, the "washington post" reporting this weekend that president trump is telling advisers to prepare for withdrawing the u.s. from a free trade agreement with south korea. according to the paper, trump is frustrated that the new south korean president is not willing to accept some u.s. trade demands. now joining us to break this down, this latest escalation in the standoff, cnn contributor jean li. a global fellow at the wilson center. good morning. >> good morning, jean. >> we're getting word that the u.s. and south korea are going to be deploying more military assets. specifically we're told aircraft carriers and bombers. is that a move that pyongyang will see as a provocation that needs to be responded to? >> this is what we call the show of force, right. this is what we call -- this is
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part of the military options that the u.s. and south korea are talking about. there's really not much more that they can do than this. what they want to do is bring in this intimidating -- these intimidating military assets into the region just to remind north korea that they can oblitrat north korea if necessary. and yes, north korea will see this as a provocation. even the suggestions and reports that we're hearing that they're considering or that they're planning to bring these in will give north korea the justification to continue testing. so we're seeing reports from south korean intelligence that they may be preparing for another ballistic missile test, and perhaps this is part of that reaction from north korea. >> okay. we're seeing a lot of military might happening in an effort to try to push north korea into backing down. then there's the sanctions question. we've seen sanctions placed on north korea for many, many years. they clearly haven't done anything. what in the world can be done? you know, now we're hearing
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treasury secretary mnuchin talking about stronger sanctions, that the u.s. maybe wouldn't do trade with countries that go ahead and do trade with north korea. and what's the likelihood that the sanctions could go as far as maybe sanctioning china banks? >> that's certainly an option, although it's not a realistic one because trade with china is so important to the united states. we are talking about china because 90% of north korea's trade is with china. it is a threat. it's just to put china on warning that they need to really enforce the sanctions that are in place to make sure that they have some bite. these sanctions on north korea are not going to be effective unless they are enforced. there's certainly been -- it's certainly been quite easy for the north koreans to get around them. in terms. future sanctions, one area -- in terms of future sanctions, one area has the potential of biting naengs -- that's possibly sanctioning the flow of
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gasoline, fuel, into north korea. this is something north koreans -- i was there in may. this is something they are very concerned about. they are worried that china might stop the flow of fuel. that would have huge repercussions on their economy and livelihoods. the last round of u.n. sanctions did not include any embargoes on fuel. so we'll see if that's something that the u.s. pushes for. china will definitely be pushing back against that because they know what a devastating effect that could have on north korea's economy. that is where we see a little bit of room for additional sanctions. of course, as i mentioned, pressuring china to make sure that those sanctions that are in place are enforced. >> when it comes to north korea, obviously the u.s. needs all the help it can get from seoul and from beijing. we saw the president tweeting that south korea is appeasing north korea. first of all, how do you think that that will be taken by seoul, and couldn't that
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complicate these efforts to stop these north korean provocations? >> indeed. you know, the north koreans are so adept at driving a wedge between allies in the region. so between the u.s. and japan. between japan and south korea. and perhaps between the u.s. and south korea. that's precisely what we don't want right now. what we need to see is a united front in terms of the countries getting together and making sure -- there's a single message going to north korea. so this kind of mixed messaging is not going to be helpful. it looks very confusing. not only within the white house -- we're seeing mixed messages coming out of the white house, but mixed messages coming from the allies. so it's going to work in pyongyang's favor. i'm sure they're relishing the fact that they're not on the same page. it's important for them to seek their messaging now. i think it's not at all helpful for the -- for president trump
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to be nit-picking now and questioning south korea's strategy. it's much more important to do that perhaps behind the scenes and to at least outwardly show that they have this ironclad alliance that they keep talking about. >> okay. the united nations having an emergency meeting today. what do you see happening at this meeting today? >> well, we'll certainly get some sort of strongly worded statement. whether it will go so far as another round of sanctions we'll see. i'm sure the u.s. mission to the u.n. is working on crafting some sort of statement as well as perhaps another round of sanctions. you know, there's very little room for additional sanctionses. so much has been sanctioned already. we might -- it will be interesting to see what kind of reaction and what kind of role china and russia have in tonight's -- today's meeting at the u.n. security council. you know, russia and china are allies of north korea, but they
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also don't want to have provocations continue. they've been consistent in calling for pyongyang to restrain or refrain from provocations, but calling on the u.s. to back down, saying don't give them incentive to keep testing. back off. it will be interesting to see what kind of discussions happen today. >> perhaps the u.n. meeting won't be all for show then. all right. jean li, thank you very much for your expertise today. and breaking overnight, president trump is moving to end the program that protects undocumented immigrants who came to the u.s. as children. it's far from a done deal. multiple sources saying the white house is looking at a six-month delay in any action against the so-called dreamers so that congress has the time to pass legislation which would allow them to stay in the country. >> the expected move suspected to ending daca comes after weeks of deliberation within the white house. the move might satisfy the
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president's base, but it could disrupt the lives of almost 800,000 people working and studying in the u.s. daca protects qualified applicants -- gives them protection from being deported. several sources are cautioning that the decision is far from final and won't be until it's announced on tuesday. already there's been a flood of reactions. advocates calling it cruel while trump's core supporters are applauding it as the restoration of the rule of law. the treasury secretary says money for harvey recovery should be tied to the nation's debt ceiling. >> without raising the debt limit, i'm not comfortable that we will get the money that we need this month to texas. >> but is the white house playing politics with billions of dollars needed for aid? that's next. s'cuse me. mind if i sit here? not if you want your phone to work. let me guess, can't livestream your lobster roll. and my mobile pay isn't connecting and i just got an unlimited plan. right plan, wrong network.
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the community. in houston, across the southeast texas flood zone, piles of trash line the streets. items big and small left unsalvageable after sitting in water for days. >> one bit of good news, though -- officials say 95% of houston is dry. the city's mayor says most businesses will reopen tomorrow after the holiday. still, a small area in west houston remains in dire shape. the areas not clearing because of full reservoirs. it could take weeks. i know the devastation -- you were there. >> rampant everywhere you look. incredible. a utah nurse arrested for doing her job. the ugly incident caught on video. what's the salt lake city police department saying now?
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new developments in the ugly emergency arrest caught on video in utah. the nurse who was taken into custody for doing her job is speaking out as the police department offers an apology. cnn's dan simon has more in salt lake city. [ screams ] >> reporter: the disturbing video comes from the inside of an emergency room. the woman screaming, a burn unit nurse being assaulted by a salt lake city police officer. >> please, sir, you're hurting me! >> then walk! >> no! >> reporter: the incident captured by police and hospital cameras happened in july. now the district attorney says he wants a criminal investigation. >> she doesn't -- >> reporter: university nurse alex wable said she was doing her job following hospital
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protocol by refusing to let police take a blood sample from an unconscious patient. >> is the patient under arrest? >> nope. >> reporter: she said detective jeff payne demanded a blood sample from a car crash victim who was in a coma and severely burned. his car smashed racing from police. the nurse explains the policy for obtaining blood. >> there's three things that allow us to do that -- if you have an electronic warrant, patients consent, or patient under arrest. neither of those things -- patient can't consent. >> reporter: she gets her supervisor on the phone who backs her up. the tension escalates. >> she's the one that has told me no. >> yes, but sir, you're making a huge mistake now. like you're making a huge mistake because you're threatening a nurse. >> okay. no, we're done. we're done. you're under arrest. you're going -- >> you can't put me under arrest, sir. >> you're going -- [ screams ] >> reporter: salt lake city's police chief apologized and said what happened was unacceptable.
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>> i was alarmed by what i saw in the video. i want to be very clear -- we take this very seriously. >> reporter: for now, wobles isn't filing a lawsuit. >> i feel strongly in giving people the benefit of the doubt. and i truly believe that he was honest in his apology and sincere in his willingness to try and make change and make things better. >> reporter: police released wobles without charges after she sat in the police car for 20 minutes. detective payne said in written report his commander advised him to arrest the nurse for interfering in a police investigation. payne and another under on administrative leave as they look into the startling incident. dan simon, cnn, salt lake city. >> hey! >> and the nurse in the story, alex wobles, will be in "new day" at around 8:45 eastern time. the u.s. and south korea are looking to deploy military assets to the korean peninsula amid new signs that pyongyang is
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any threat to the united states or its territories will be met with a massive military response. a response both effective and overwhelming. >> the secretary of defense there with a firm warning for north korea after pyongyang's latest nuclear test. now we've learned the u.s. and south korea will look to deploy military assets including bombers. we are live in seoul. president trump will propose ending protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the u.s. as children, but could congress give dreamers another chance? and could billions in recovery funds for harvey victims be tied to raising the
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nation's debt limit? the treasury secretary says yes. welcome back to "early start." i'm alex marquardt. >> i'm alison kosik. 30 minutes past the hour. top defense officials are responding to north korea's biggest nuclear test yet with a blunt warning. defense secretary mattis advising any threat by pyongyang against the u.s. or its allies would draw what it calls a massive military response. the warning after a meeting with the president, vice president, and top national security advisers. mattis said, "our commitments among the allies are ironclad." >> any threat to the united states or its territories including guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely north korea. but as i said, we have many
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options to do so. >> the new warning comes after north korea's claim that it tested a hydrogen bomb on sunday. a test that was overseen by leader kim jong-un. pyongyang claimed that the weapon was designed to be carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile, the kind that it has been testing recently. president trump was asked about the nuclear test on sunday as he left a church service. >> mr. president? will you attack north korea? >> we'll see. >> our coverage begins at the pentagon with cnn's barbara starr. >> reporter: secretary of defense james mattis and general joe dunford, the chairman of the joint chiefs, making that extraordinary appearance in front of the white house. mattis delivering a very carefully worded message, saying that the u.s. does have military options. that any threat from north korea to the u.s. or its allies would be met with a massive military
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response. he was very clear the u.s. isn't looking for total annihilation of north korea. make no mistake, they are looking to send this stern, grim message to kim jong-un, that if he does not give up his nuclear weapons, if he threatens or attacks, the u.s. would take him out. the u.s. strategy if there is one is to try and convince kim jong-un that he himself and his regime could not survive if they were to attack south korea, japan, guam, or the united states. but on the other hand, it's a message we've heard before. none of it has worked to change kim's mind. and by all accounts, the latest underground nuclear test is a massive step forward. it is a larger test than anything north korea has done before. >> our thanks to barbara starr.
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the u.n. security council is set to meet in an emergency session in the wake of the latest test. it is the second meeting in just a week. past meetings have done little to stop north korea's provocations. earlier this morning, south korea's army and air force conducted a combined live-fire exercise in response to the north korean nuclear test. moments ago, north korean state media blasted south korea for the drill saying it shows seoul is hellbent on escalating the confrontation. the exercise comes after president trump called out south korea on twitter, suggesting that seoul is appeasing the north koreans. cnn correspondent ian lee is live in seoul, south korea, with regional response. good morning. let me first ask you what has seoul's response been to the test on sunday? >> reporter: alex, we saw early this morning that the military exercises by the south koreans and what they were intended to do is show the north that in the
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event of a war, they could go after the north korean leadership and their nuclear program. they had advanced ballistic missiles as well as air-to-surface missiles, long-range missiles from an f15 that could target their various infrastructure. we're hearing another test could take place quite soon. this is a strong show of force to the north koreans who we're hearing reports that they could be getting ready for another ballistic missile test. south koreans have said they want advanced u.s. weaponry here in light of the latest nuclear test. what that exactly means they haven't stipulated. but they do want to show the north koreans that they are ready for any sort of situation. you know, when it comes to that tweet that president trump sent out talking about appeasement from president moon, in the beginning, president moon did want to have a softer approach
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to the north. but he inherited a different reality with north korea defiant with its nuclear program and tough talk coming from the united states. and since then, we have seen president moon have a number of military exercises to show the north that they are capable. and also the president talking about having close ties with its right wingal -- regional partners. that's an important thing. the tweet, while it doesn't help the situation because it does have a little bit of light in what's supposed to be a united front, alex. >> troubling developments there. thank you very much to our ian lee in seoul. okay. time for your money, "early start" on your money. treasury secretary mnuchin is drafting new sanctions to put economic pressure on north korea. this comes just weeks after the u.n. security council passed its latest rounds -- round of sanctions aiming to kill a billion dollars worth of north korean exports by hitting major
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industries like coal, iron ore, and seafood. the question is what's left for president trump to go after. curtailing oil shipments to north korea from china is one of the measures the u.s. is seeking. textiles and apparel are also potential target. and taking stronger action against chinese banks is also an option. some experts are warning that by ramping up the pressure on beijing president trump could wind up provoking a chinese backlash against u.s. businesses in the region. now joining us to help break this down is cnn contributor jean li. a global fellow at the wilson center. good morning, jean. >> good morning. >> i want to ask you off the bat, in the wake of the nuclear test, there's been speculation that north korea will soon launch on september 9th specifically another intercontinental ballistic missile test. what more do we know?
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>> we are hearing reports here in south korea from the intelligence agency that there are signs they're preparing another ballistic missile launch. possibly another intercontinental ballistic missile launch. i haven't seen much more than that. i don't know if they're looking at satellite imagery showing some movement around one of the launchpads. but we shouldn't be too surprised. i think that there are two things here -- first of all, part of what's happening here is this is north korea gearing up for an anniversary. you mentioned september 9th. that is the day the modern republic of north korea was founded. that's their foundation day. that's an important anniversary for north korea obviously and one that they want to have something to celebrate for. so part of what kim jong-un is doing is launching ballistic missiles, also testing nuclear devices so that they have something to celebrate on saturday. the other thing that's happening here is that if there is another
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launch, it is a retort or response to the continued threats or the new threats from washington and possibly gearing up for anything that the u.n. security council might say when they meet to respond to north korea's provocations. >> i want to get your -- >> if they will respond with defiance. you huh? >> go ahead. i'm sorry. finish your thought. >> i was just going to say if anyone is thinking that north korea is going to back down from threats coming from washington, i think that's a miscalculation. north korea will respond with defiance no matter what. i think that's what the nuclear test shows. kim jong-un will be undeterred on his mission to get a nuclear war head on a ballistic missile designed to target the mainland u.s. >> as we see north korea make one provocation after another, what is north korea's end game
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her here? >> that's a complicated question because what north korea is telling its people is that we need nuclear weapons in order to survive. remember that the korean peninsula is still technically in a state of war. the korean war ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. so the official line is we need this new york deterrent. we need what they call a treasured sword to protect us from the united states. this is a standoff that's gone on since the 1950s. there are a couple of other things going on here. kim jong-un, remember, he is a young man. he's 33, maybe 34. we're not quite sure. he's a young man who took power when his father suffered a heart attack and passed away in 2011. he was not very well known. he may still need to bolster and really secure his place at the top of the country, at the top of the kim family tree.
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he may still need something like these nuclear weapons to show his people that despite his youth and his inexperience, that he can lead them for generations and for decades to come. that he can defend them. he -- so there's -- there's that, as well. he also is recognizing -- just remember that we've seen from economic figures -- they've not released data, but we get a sense in terms of trade how their economy's doing. it has grown. war in many countries is very good for the economy. war has been great for the north korean economy. so he's using wartime rhetoric, using tensions to build up production in his country, give his people something to work for and work toward. so there are a couple of different incentives going on here. the end game is what he says he wants to do is get the americans who are the north koreans'
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wartime foe to agree to a peace treat bring the war to an end. in the course of those negotiations, he is undeniably going to ask for major concessions. he's going to ask for food and fuel and things to ensure that it's okay for him to negotiate away some of their nuclear weapons. i'm not going to go so far as to say they're willing to do that. but perhaps a freeze is something they'd be willing to negotiate. >> that's if they're even willing, meaning kim jong-un, is ready to get to the negotiating table. thanks for your expertise and analysis this morning. breaking overnight, president trump is moving to the -- to end the program that protects undocumented immigrants who came to the u.s. as children. the move is far from a done deal. multiple sources saying the white house is looking at a six-month delay in any action against the so-called dreamers program so that congress actually has the time to pass
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legislation which would allow them to stay in the country. >> the expected move ending the deferred action for childhood arrivals program called daca which comes after weeks of deliberation within the white house. the move might satisfy the president's base, but it could disrupt the lives of nearly 800,000 people working and studying in the u.s. daca prevents qualified applicants from being deported. >> several sources say the decision is not final until it's announced tuesday. already there's been a flood of reactions. immigration advocates calling it cruel. trump's core supporters are applauding it as restoring the rule of law. the treasury secretary says money for harvey recovery should be tied to the nation's debt ceiling. is the white house playing with -- >> without raising the debt limit, i'm not comfortable that we will get the money we need this month to texas. >> is the white house now playing politics with billions of dollars needed for aid?
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we raise the debt limit. if congress appropriates the money but i don't have the ability to borrow more and pay for it, we're not going to be able to get that money to the state. >> that was treasury secretary mnuchin over the weekend. the trump administration says it wants federal spending on relief for hurricane harvey to be tied to raising the debt limit. the move setting up a potentially fierce political battle. the ultra conservative wing of the gop does not want to raise the debt ceiling without spending cuts which means they would have to vote against aid for texas if the debt ceiling and harvey aid are tied together. >> now the white house has already asked congress to approve a $7.8 billion package as parts of an initial request for funds. a request for more cash is expected later this month. the death toll for hurricane harvey now stands at 53. thousands are unable to return home. tens of thousands of others are still living in shelters and relying on aid. >> in just the last few hours, officials have lifted the
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evacuation zone around the arkema chemical plant here houston after remaining trailers full of explosive chemicals were deliberately set ablaze in a controlled ignition. a harris county fire marshal says there's no additional risk to the community. in houston, across the southeast texas flood zone, you see piles of trash there lining the streets. items big and small left unsalvageable. gosh, heartbreaking. they're sitting for days. >> yes. now one piece of good news -- officials say that 95% of houston is dry. the city's mayor says that most businesses will reopen tomorrow after the holiday. still, a small area evacuated in west houston remain in dire shape. the floodwaters there not receding because of nearby dams releasing water. water levels at the addicks and barker dams are dropping. emptying the reservoirs will take weeks. drinking water is a big concern in flooded areas. this morning as of the 4,500
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drinking water systems affected by harvey, 166 have boil-water notices. 50 are shut down. in beaumont, texas, the water can only be used to bathe or flush at this point. officials estimate people there will have to boil water for possibly up to a month more. cnn's miguel marquez begins our -- with the latest from beaumont. >> reporter: this is the natches river in beaumont, and this is a good thing right now. this is an administration area still clearly inundate by water. much lower than it was when it was at the highest peak. it peaked here around 1:00 p.m. on saturday. i want to show how far it's come down since then. that's where it is now. up here is where it peaked. this isn't the only place having problems. there are still neighborhoods in beaumont that are completely under water. there are towns around beaumont that are still inaccessible.
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places like bevel oaks, sour lakes, pinewood estates. all of them still inaccessible because there's six or eight feet of water on the roads between them. people are coming together here like you've never seen, handing out water in big ways and small. some local restaurants have even come together, shut down business for themselves but serving thousands of meals to evacuees. as for the water here, it is sputtering back to life, literally out of faucets in beaumont. it is starting to come back. officials say once the natches goes down more, they'll be able to get to the main pumps for the city water system. they'll be able to get in, figure out how to fix them, and get water pressure finally restored to the entire city. >> incredible scenes in beaumont. thanks to miguel marquez. with harvey just getting start -- harvey cleanup just getting started, historic irma
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is gathering power in the atlantic. meteorologist pedram javaheri with the latest and the holiday forecast. good morning. here's what's going on with hurricane irma sitting across the atlantic. the leeward islands the main area of concern at this point for the immediate landfall, the storm system. tuesday into wednesday morning. notice the consistency in the remaining category four. we think this will be a maker hurricane for -- a major hurricane for the future including the dominican republic, turks and caicos, the bahamas, maybe cuba. the track wants to keep a southerly track, taking it potentially around cuba into parts of the gulf. if that verifies, that is bad news for anyone along the gulf coast states. we have a massive area of high pressure. the bermuda high across the region that could steer and tug the system farther north and eventually to the east. the possible alternate scenario could be parts of the carolinas. if we're lucky, a trough from the u.s. could push the storm well offshore. several variables the next few
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days to watch. across the northeast, showers, generally mild temperatures across the region. expected to be much cooler going into the latter portion of the week. looking at the forecast in places like d.c., how about a little bit of fall? 88 down to around 70 by wednesday afternoon. guys? >> thank you very much. how are global markets responding to north korea's biggest nuclear test yet? we'll get a check on cnn "money stream" next. your big idea... will people know it means they'll get the lowest price guaranteed on our rooms by booking direct on choicehotels.com? hey! badda book. badda boom! mr. badda book. badda boom! book now at choicehotels.com
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there's a new conflict brewing between the u.s. and russia. moscow demanding that the state department return its san francisco consulate and the diplomatic annexes in washington, d.c., and new york. russia calling the u.s. decision
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to close those facilities a blatantly hostile act. a kremlin statement saying "we urge the u.s. authorities to come to their senses." for the latest, we go to moscow. cnn's fred pleitgen. good morning, fred. >> reporter: good morning, alex. you know, it really has been a weekend of a barrage of angry tweets, facebook posts, statements by russian authorities, especially by the foreign ministry. the spokeswoman for the foreign ministry calling the events there in san francisco tragic buffoonery and saying u.s. authorities threaten to knock down -- threatened to knock down the door at the consulate to get in and search the premises. obviously that's been denied by the state department. at the same time, demetri pesk of, spokesperson for vladimir putin, was on a conference call with journalists -- something
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quite rare. it was because of the crisis. he said, "a month ago one could think there was no further worsening in our relations, but the u.s. side is demonstrating that it can go further and further on that path. we regret it." that's been moscow's statement. they say they regret the most recent events. they say they might want to retaliate. they're still studying them. the u.s. for its part -- i think this is important to also state -- saying, look, all we're doing is getting the russians to be on parity with the united states as far as diplomatic institutions on each other's countries are concerned. with the russiansulate, both countries have three consulates on each other's territory. the u.s. hopes this doesn't spiral further downward in the relations with these two countries. >> let's hope not. thanks to fred pleitgen in moscow. let's check cnn "money stream" this morning. european markets are trading lower this morning while japan's nikkei declining almost 1% at the close. that's after north korea's
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biggest ever nuclear test sent a fresh wave of nervousness through the markets. traders are saying that the impact of other recent north korea-related scares hasn't lasted. u.s. markets are closed today for the labor day holiday. gas prices, they continue to rise more than a week after hurricane harvey knocked the gulf coast oil refining industry off line. some good news here -- the price increases, they're beginning to slow. aaa says the national average price for a gallon of regular is up 26 cents in the last week, sitting at about $2.62. hurricane harvey knocked almost a quarter of the nation's refinery capacity off line. amazing. the colonial pipeline which carries huge amounts of gasoline between houston and the east coast is expected to be back up and running today. the damage caused by hurricane harvey could be in the billions, that's with a "b." big businesses have pledged more than $157 million to relief efforts as of this weekend. that's according to the u.s. chamber of commerce.
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69 temperatures have donated -- 69 companies have donated $1 million or more so far. some of the biggest donors, tech billionaire michael dell pledging $36 million for relief efforts. good for him. retailer walmart has pledged up to $20 million in cash, products, and matching donations. verizon has contributed $10 million. we saw the best of humidi-- bes humanity, and now good corporate do-goe e do-go do-gooding. >> "early start" begins now. any threat to the united states or its territories will be met with a massive military response, a response effective and overwhelming. >> the secretary of defense right there with a firm warning for north korea after pyongyang's latest nuclear test. we've learned the u.s. and south korea will look to deploy military assets including bombers. we are live in seoul. president trump will propose ending protections for undocumented i

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